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"Columbo" Murder by the Book (1971)

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Original Air Date:
15 September 1971 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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Plot:
When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Jack Cassidy ... Ken Franklin

Rosemary Forsyth ... Joanna Ferris

Martin Milner ... Jim Ferris
Barbara Colby ... Lilly La Sanka
Lynette Mettey ... Gloria (as Lynnette Mettey)
Bernie Kuby ... Mike Tucker

Hoke Howell ... Sergeant

Marcia Wallace ... Woman (credit only)
Haven Earle Haley ... 2nd Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Anitra Ford ... Woman at Theater (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Police Sgt. (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Steven Bochco (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Richard Levinson .... producer
William Link .... producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography) (as Russell L. Metty)
 
Film Editing by
John Kaufman  (as John Kaufman Jr.)
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman 
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
 
Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: theme
James D. Young .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Attila De Lado .... main title design (as Attila de Lado)
 
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76 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Denmark:11 (2004) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | Norway:15 (2004) | Sweden:15 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000)

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Trivia:
The mystery writing team of Franklin and Ferris is a reference to another mystery writing team: Levinson and Link - Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of Columbo. When preparing to play a scene as mystery writer-turned-murderer Ken Franklin, Jack Cassidy would ask aloud to anyone within earshot, "Who am I playing in this scene, Levinson or Link?"See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The shopkeeper's name is Lilly La Sanka, though Ken Franklin's inscription in the book is to Lili.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Jim works in his office]
Jim Ferris:[knock on the door] Who is it?
[another knock on the door]
Jim Ferris:[He opens the door - Ken is aiming a gun at his face. Jim laughs]
Ken Franklin:Oh, you're not intimidated.
Jim Ferris:Oh, come on, Ken. You're forgetting that I'm one-half of the world's greatest mystery-writing team? You, ah, don't have gloves on, your finger's not on the trigger, and there are no bullets in the cylinder.
Ken Franklin:[smiling] You're right. I'm a lousy practical joker.
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Fantastic, 30 May 2014
Author: arfdawg-1 from United States

First official Columbo and directed by Steven Spielberg.

It's really good, although that doesn't say much because nearly every Columbo episode was fantastic.

The only negative I want to note is that I saw this on Netflicks and the sound levels were messed up. Some times it was too loud others too low.

I used to have the first season on DVD and it didn't have that problem.

The Plot.

Ken Franklin is a rich socialite living in a luxurious coastal mansion bought from his years of writing crime and mystery books.

However, what he once wrote as fiction becomes reality as he murders a man and then desperately tries to cover up his crime when he is blackmailed by a witness.

As usual, Columbo arrives on the scene and begins to pester his suspect with questions about the murder.

Mr. Franklin soon realizes though, that no murder is perfect, and that one of his books may return to haunt him.

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